SESSION 13 NOV 2018
First on the agenda was Ms. Beatrice
Forniss, former state economic developer.
Ms. Forniss is currently employed by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood. She came to address the commission body on
ways to promote and finance the proposed arena that has been bantered about for
a year now.
Ms. Forniss addressed the commission on
how to acquire grants and money and to advise the commission on the manners and
usage of the arena to create the most income and interest in pursuing this
Ms. Forniss left the commissioners with
several things to think about, uppermost is just how serious the county is
about getting the arena. She promised to
come back and help if the commission decides to move forward.
The newly installed cameras and better
ways to operate and position them were discussed. Mr. Brock has been in contact with the
installer for the cost factor to move one of the monitors on the second floor
to a wall mount. Also, to install a
monitor at the lower door and to install a system away from the public whereby
a law official can review all monitoring systems if the need arises. The cost for these modifications and training
to be held on operations factors involved with the system was estimated at a
cost of $3,800.00.
Sheriff Brock advised the commission that
the three vehicles placed for sale on the Gov. Deal list had not met the
minimum bid amount. None of these
vehicles are in running condition.
Mr. Foshee advised that bids for bridge
repairs on County Road 63 needed to be opened.
These bids were opened with the following results:
the construction factor Murphy was the low bidder at $195,249.00
piping low bid was $28,750.00
only had one bid at $174,927.96
Mr. Foshee asked for time to review and
check all the bids and report tomorrow at the regular commission meeting. The commission body agreed to this request.
Mr. Foshee spoke briefly on the new motor
graders and the GPS system they have. This system shows idle time, moving time,
location and almost anything else one can think of. Watch out drivers, big brother is watching.
Mr. Foshee asked about the county drug
testing policy. He was wondering if it
had gone by the wayside, if so, could it be restarted and asked for the
guidelines around random testing.
1. Ms. Brown advised the
commission body that the state severe weather tax holiday needed to come before
them at the regular meeting. She advised
that two options existed for this holiday and they could select whichever one
2. Water intrusion into
the courthouse was discussed again. A
bid to check out the reason for the leaks was offered at a cost of $2,935.00.
3. Ms. Brown made the
commissioners aware that they must approve the County depositors at the next
4. The holiday schedule
needs approving at the next meeting.
5. Invoices from Baldwin
County dealing with housing juvenile defendant’s needs approval.
6. A travel expense
invoice from the economic developer needs approval at the next meeting.
Comments and Announcements:
It was announced District 4 needed a truck
The voting center at the Castleberry
Nutritional Center was a topic for discussion.
It seems a 90 year old lady fell at the polling place due to weeds and
debris in the area. It seems that there
is a failure to understand who takes care of what at this school system
building. Hopefully something will get worked
out about this and no one will get hurt or harmed while trying to vote.
Discussion of county paid insurance
arose. Ms. Brown was tasked with
checking cost factors and see if there might be a way to improve insurance
coverage at a cheaper price. She will
work with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and see what works out.
Mr. Millender noted that the Animal
Shelter must be talked about. It was
determined that the county would maintain operation of the facility and would
advertise for employee(s).